Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale - Sea Dog Brewing Company
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2.93/5 rDev -3.3%
Bright sunflower gold beneath a cotton white lid that looks way too soft and unsticky to last or to leave much lace. Enough bubbles are being added to the head that it's still a fat one finger at the several minute mark, but it's now beginning to give up without a fight. Sure enough, the glass is virtually untouched.
The nose is decent. It's hard to say if the raspberry essence smells real or fake. It has an odd, perfumy, almost soapy, quality that makes me want to say fake. Still though, it isn't that bad and is actually sort of pleasant in a low expectations sort of way. No hint of any wheat maltiness whatsoever.
For some reason, even though I suspect that they're all the same basic beer with a different fruit extract added, I don't like this offering as much as I liked Apricot Wheat and Blueberry Wheat. That isn't to say that I loved those other beers, just that they seemed more palatable (at the time anyway) than this one.
The biggest reason might be the fakeness of the raspberry flavor. The label says 'natural flavor added', but it sure doesn't taste like it. As in the nose, it strikes me as floral, perfumy, air freshener-like. Again, as in the nose, there's no trace of wheatiness to be had. As a result, there's very little to enjoy once I succeed in getting past the artificial fruitiness.
Given that a fruit wheat doesn't need to have a mouthfeel that would rival an IPA... who am I kidding? It's no excuses time. The mouthfeel on this beer is unacceptably light and unexitedly carbonated, even for the style.
I'm a little surprised that Raspberry Wheat Ale came out with a lower set of scores than its Apricot and Blueberry brothers. Maybe it's my mood, maybe it's the season, who knows? What I do know is, this beer isn't worth the purchase price, whatever that happens to be. See dog. Skip dog.
01-02-2007 21:18:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.43/5 rDev +13.2%
Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a small head that leaves no lacing
Smell: Smells like raspberry kool aid
Taste: Bready raspberry flavor up front, followed by a vague bitterness after the swallow; finishes fruity but not sweet although there is a perfumy quality at the end that is a little intriguing; the wheat makes its presence felt in the finish as well
Mouthfeel: Light bodied and fizzy
Drinkability: Fruity without being cloying; not a bad way to beat the summer heat
08-05-2006 15:17:23 | More by brentk56
2.75/5 rDev -9.2%
A pretty timid base beer (where's the wheat?), with a Kool-Aid type raspberry flavoring.
The beer begins with a quite clear (to be a wheat beer) appearance. Straw in color with fair head and retention.
The base beer is quite light and meager with a thin bready, wheaty taste that seems empty at times. Raspberry flavor easily dominates the beer- not saying that it is high but it doesn't take much to overshadow the wheat beer foundation. No much else here, just a one-dimentional and bland taste.
Light and sweet with soft powdered-sugar textures. Follow up with light bitterness and mild astringency just before the beer tries to dry out and fade into a raspberry aftertaste.
The beer sides too far to the wine-cooler side for me to give it much creadit as a beer. The balance just isn't there. But it will likely get much love from the sorority clubs.
10-20-2009 01:52:59 | More by BEERchitect
2.68/5 rDev -11.6%
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a clear, yellow body with a bubbly, white head. Let's just jump right in!
Smell: Raspberry-scented nose akin to some Fruit Roll-Ups stolen from a child's lunchbox. Modest hints of malted wheat beneath.
Taste: Starts in with that artificial-tasting, lightly tart raspberry flavor. As with the other fruit beers in the Sea Dog kennel, the base beer is pretty weak and flimsy, just bare minimum enough to carry the faux fruit flavoring. Teensy weensy bit of bitterness. Lingering raspberry flavoring tartness into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Encroaching on being watery. Medium-light carbonation.
Drinkability: Yawn. There're plenty of other better fruit beers to be had out there. Let's go try some of those, shall we?
04-09-2010 20:06:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.6/5 rDev -14.2%
This beer reminded me a lot of Great Divides Raspberry Wheat. The color is a semi opaque golden with a white fluffy head. The aroma is strong with Raspberries which is really good. The flavors are packed with wheat and has just a slight taste of Raspberries. It's very minimal could use just a bit more. I understand they want to retain the beer flavor but I think that it could use just a bit more on the tongue. Mouthfeel is light and smooth, pretty refreshing for a summer brew.
04-19-2011 00:27:07 | More by Knapp85
2.7/5 rDev -10.9%
Pours a pale yellow with a fizzy head that is gone pretty quickly this beer is pretty highly carbonated thats for sure faint aroma of raspberry a little tartness but very faint with an odd butteriness wich is hard to explain.Not much flavor wise the raspberry is there but it is very slight it coats the tongue and is gone,pretty flavorless.Uh well my wife didnt even like this one not much raspberry not much wheat malt taste not much of a beer.
12-05-2004 23:04:36 | More by oberon
2.78/5 rDev -8.3%
A - Poured out a clear golden color with orange highlights. It had a small, white head of fizzy, bubbly foam. It left no lacing to speak of.
S - It smelled of sweet raspberry. Some caramel and that's it.
T - Sweet raspberry up front with some caramel and wheat flavors.
M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A light bodied ale with a very clean finish.
O - This just doesn't do it. It could use some tart to balance the sweet.
11-09-2011 00:58:04 | More by zeff80
3.15/5 rDev +4%
12oz bottle, best before Dec 2011, 4.7% ABV, and attributed to Pugsley Brewing LLC., Bangor, Maine. Perhaps I need to do some Anheuser Busch-level back-tracing...
This beer pours a clear medium golden colour, with one scrawny finger of fizzy white head, which doesn't have the courtesy of even asking for directions before disappearing in a flash, leaving nothing in the way of lace. It smells of sweet green raspberry puree, generic pastry malt, and mild earthy hops. The taste is somewhat acrid grainy malt, chemical-oriented raspberry fruitiness, and further nondescript drying, more hoppy that boozy, given the input parameters. The carbonation is moderate, and a bit zippy, the body approaching medium weight, aided by some sugary uplift. It finishes off-dry, the grainy, mildly pseudo-raspberry fruitiness carrying the day.
Not a bad fruit beer, if my barometer is widely-distributed US offerings. On its own, though, this is a mediocre, yet generally inoffensive fruit-forward pale ale.
09-07-2011 01:35:23 | More by biboergosum
3.8/5 rDev +25.4%
Although it's obviously brewed with the addition of raspberry extract, it's not overdone and the delicate flavoring does alot to round out this soft, sweet beer.
It pours a clear dark-gold with a kind of tan cast, beneath a thin, short-lived head of white that leaves some minor lacing at the outset of the glass.
The nose is distinctly raspberry with a buttery note alongside.
In the mouth it's gently crisp and medium-light bodied.
The flavor offers a soft pillow of sweetish and mildly grainy malt for the raspberry to rest on. There's a buttery component as well that helps to add to its richness. Hop flavor is almost completely eliminated, and the bitterness is restrained. It starts with raspberry in the nose; tosses in a little at the start; widens to encompass a malty side across the middle; and then finishes clean and drying with even more raspberry in the finish.
It's basic but nice (reminding me of Oxford Raspberry from MD in the early 90's); and I think it's balanced well-enough that it could be enjoyed year-round - not just in summer or at special events. It's drinkability is limited, however, as it's kind of one-sided and tends to build on the palate a bit. Still, not a bad quaff for one pint at the pub.
04-06-2006 19:15:16 | More by NeroFiddled
3.05/5 rDev +0.7%
Presentation: 12 oz twist off brown long neck bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label.
Appearance: Pale golden colour with an above average white lace that has really good retention.
Smell: Candy like raspberry aroma, faint malt and a touch of buttery and ale fruitiness as well.
Taste: Creamy moderate body with a smoothness from the middle of the road carbonation. Slight twang from the fermented wheat and a vague hop bitterness. Some graininess and malt sweetness comes through but the candy-like raspberry flavour is on top for the whole time. Semi dry finish and goes clean.
Notes: A “no frills” or “play it safe” fruit beer. Nothing remotely interesting about this beer, it is just a clean American fruit beer.
05-06-2002 18:07:50 | More by Jason
3.28/5 rDev +8.3%
BBD of Dec 07
Pours an effervescent golden honey with 4+ fingers of cream colored, fluffed up head. Great lacing & above average head retention
S: Berry syrup & a bit of wheat tartness
T: A little dry & tart, then raspberries pile on up front. Tastes a bit like raspberry gum, but the dryness & tartness help as this warms. Finishes crisp, tart without a lot of sweetness, but berries none the less
MF: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation
Drinks okay, just doesn't blend well taste-wise for me. More malts would help. Worth a try, my wife will enjoy this, I predict
11-01-2007 02:35:15 | More by russpowell
2.9/5 rDev -4.3%
The beer pours a golden color with a spotty white lace head; below average. The aroma is good. It has a pleasant raspberry scent that balances well with the wheat malt aroma. This has the smell of an after brew fruit additive, not real raspberries; fake! The taste is decent but nothing special. It is a weak beer with a weak fruit addition. It has no taste at all besides the "all natural" flavorings that were added before bottling. I have a problem with this beer. I always say, if you're going to brew a fruit beer, do it right. Don't ass out when it comes to the flavorings. Use real fruit. Yes, it imparts a colorful appearance, but who cares. No, Bud drinker is going to drink one of these anyway. The real deal is ALWAYS better!!!! The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average at best fruit beer. I guess it drinks well, but it's one and done for me.
03-24-2004 00:15:03 | More by WesWes
3/5 rDev -1%
Best by Oct. '07:
Pours golden yellow with a white head that descends to a vanishing patch.
The smell is of raspberry syrup with a hint of wheat dough.
The taste is of raspberry with subtle wheat dough in the back. Has a certain crispness to it. Slightly buttery.
Typical light-body - This is a typical fruit wheat beer with a touch of butter.
08-19-2007 15:03:04 | More by jwc215
2.65/5 rDev -12.5%
Clear yellow / orange in color. 1/4" head disappears in less than one minute. Huge carbonation bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of raspberries. The flavor is very sweet, with little wheat characteristics. The raspberries don't taste real, somewhat like a cheap raspberry pancake syrup.
The mouthfeel is mildly crisp, and the finish is slightly dry with an unflattering raspberry flavor that coats the tongue. Couldn't even finish the 12 oz bottle, just way too sweet and artificial tasting.
10-30-2004 21:10:59 | More by Gavage
1.83/5 rDev -39.6%
The worst offering Sea Dog has. This one is just a tad more horrible than the Apricot Wheat, as this one doesn't even have a raspberry taste to it. It's just an odd mix of fake fruity flavors in a malted beverage. I could only drink half of one and threw the rest out. Bad stuff right here.
10-02-2008 01:02:54 | More by oriolesfan4
3.2/5 rDev +5.6%
Appears a light gold with a fizzling out white head. Tiny amounts of carbonation are to be seen. No lacing to speak of.
Smell is of corn syrup, raspberry syrup, and honey.
Taste is a mild step above the aromas but it's not that good either.
Mouthfeel is average with a syupy, oily slickness rolling down the tongue.
12-01-2005 20:14:56 | More by weeare138
3.48/5 rDev +14.9%
This gave off a very nice raspberry nose just upon opening the bottle. It caused the lady next to me to ask what I was drinking, since the Bluepaw had a huge nose, also. The pour resulted in a decent white head, but it, too, evaporated very quickly. The color was a very clear, pale yellow. The mouthfeel is, like the Bluepaw, light and fizzy, but that's the way that it goes. There was a subtle raspberry taste in the mouth, but the finish was a more intense raspberry flavor, although the berriness tasted candy-like. I'd choose Bluepaw over this one almost every time.
07-07-2005 13:42:16 | More by woodychandler
2.6/5 rDev -14.2%
Lighter amber body and short white head. Leaves some lacing. Smells of sweet raspberries and no much else. Same for flavor, the fruit overwhelms the taste. It is at least good raspberry flavoring though. Although the mouthfeel is fine, the sweetness makes this undrinkable after one bottle.
Its better than a smirnoff ice, but I dont plan on ever having one again.
03-19-2006 16:43:38 | More by tempest
3/5 rDev -1%
A: Pours a mostly clear deep golden amber in color with some minimal amounts of visible carbonation as well as orangish amber highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy beige head that quickly reduces to a couple of very small patches of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sugary sweet raspberry over a light hint of wheat. Kind of reminds me of early "craft" fruit wheat beers of the mid 1990s.
T: Upfront there is a light flavor of wheat that is fairly quickly overpowered by overly sweet raspberry - which tastes slightly artificial. Not cloying sweetness overall but an artificial sweetener raspberry flavors with some light amounts of breadiness. Hints of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.
M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.
O: Really reminds me of the early craft wheat/fruit beers that were available in the early to mid 1990s, refreshing and pretty easy to drink but nothing to get excited about.
08-24-2013 01:19:54 | More by dbrauneis
Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.